Early on in my collecting of Native American bracelets, I was handed a contemporary Zuni needlepoint bracelet by the maker and was told “this is a sweater bracelet”.
I had never heard that term before and am a firm believer in “if you don’t know, ask”, so I asked and was told it is a style of bracelet where a design element has a “drop” – that is, it drops down so it lays on the back of the wearer’s hand and can peek out of the lower edge of a long-sleeved sweater cuff. Well that made perfect sense so I have used the term ever since.
Here is another example of a sweater bracelet by a Navajo artist.
Some sweater bracelets can be quite dramatic in how much silver and stone is “dropped” onto the back of the hand.
Here is a versatile sweater bracelet – you can decide which color you want to peek out.
Some bracelets made a gentle downward sweep at the cuff.
Silver sweater bracelets often come to a point as they drop.